|California-based Equinix is looking to build a 1.16 million square-foot facility in Ashburn, which would make it the largest in the county, and one of the largest in the world. Courtesy/Equinix|
A California technology company has filed plans to build one of the world’s largest data centers in Ashburn’s Data Center Alley.
Equinix, a Redwood City company with facilities in 15 countries, has applied to place a 1.1 million-square-foot data center at the intersection of Loudoun County Parkway and the W&OD Trail.
The plan calls for the construction of six buildings, and would increase to more than 5 million the number of square feet for data centers in the county.
“Equinix is one of the world's best data center operators, and one of the biggest operators in Loudoun. Their vision of growth in Loudoun is significant, and is further evidence of the importance of Data Center Alley as a technology location,” said Buddy Rizer, director of economic development. for the county.
The facility is expected to create about 70 jobs, according to a Fast Track Application which was filed with the Department of Economic Development.
The Equinix data center would be the third largest in the world, according to metrics compiled by Forbes magazine.
The largest is the Range International Hub in Langfang, China with 6.3 million square feet.
The Switch SuperNAP data campus in southern Nevada is the second largest with 2.2 million square feet. It is situated to avoid natural disasters.
Equinix currently operates 10 data centers in the Northern Virginia area, including eight in Ashburn, and touts a direct connection to Amazon Web Services on its website.
It serves more than 650 businesses from its Northern Virginia locations. The company’s “colocation” facilities centers allow companies to share resources like power and IT infrastructure.
Plans are in place create 8 million square feet of data centers in Data Center Alley by year’s end. Data Center Alley is believed to be the fourth largest center for data in the world.
About 70 percent of the world’s Internet traffic passes through Loudoun County.